Maternal mortality in the United States far outstrips that of other industrialized nations—by significant margins. This crisis falls hardest on Black women and birthing people, who are three times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as white women and birthing people. Unfortunately, the most recent data from the CDC show these disturbing trends are only worsening.
Although graphs can provide insight into the scope of this crisis, they cannot capture the true scale of this tragedy: each person represented in the CDC’s statistics is a life lost too soon, leaving loved ones to grieve at a time when they should be celebrating new life. Now more than ever, we must act to end the maternal health crisis in America—a country that spends more per capita than any other country on health care—and create a reality where no person fears for their life during their pregnancy.